BIG MACHINE Label Group
Release Date: June 19th 2020
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
- How They Remember You
Rascal Flatts is one of the most successful country groups in all of modern music history. With hit songs like ‘Bless the Broken Road’, ‘Life is a Highway’, ‘Praying for Daylight’, ‘Why’, ‘Unstoppable’, ‘The Day Before You’, ‘My Wish’, ‘Changed’ and ‘I Won’t Let Go’, to name a few; Gary LeVox, Jon Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus have presented to us a highly publicised and prolific career in music thus far, and even though there was an announcement this year of their disbanding, this trio has made a lasting mark on not only country music but on music in general, that I reckon few other bands have. They are influential enough that I even wrote a blog about them last year, and upon hearing these songs throughout the last year or so, I can safely say that my aversion to country music all this time, is slowly fading away. Now in 2020, a few months after their announcement of moving separate ways, this powerful country trio, after the emotive and poignant, and albeitly timely and fitting Kenny Rogers cover ‘Through the Years’, we see another recording releasing from them, this time a brand-new original song, ‘How They Remember You’.
The song itself is poignant more than ever, and carrying on the sentiment and message from Kenny Rogers’ ‘Through the Years’, this new track from Rascal Flatts requires us all to take a look at ourselves to see how we have lived our lives, from birth to now, in a heavy introspection check at our inner selves to see what needs to be affirmed, and what needs to change quick because of its destructive nature, maybe even unbeknownst to ourselves. Jay, Don and Gary present a poignant track of how we want to be remembered at the end of the day- and what we do and say, how we act and how we serve people around us, will in fact reflect what is inside our hearts and what we truly believe about love, life, humanity, and ultimately God Himself. A song that challenges us to do better in such a time as this, Rascal Flatts’ new track is in fact timely for this moment, one that reminds us all of how we need to always have reality checks on ourselves, in such a politically tense atmosphere, not just for the single nation of America, but for the whole world. The song is a gem of a moment where we understand that what we say and do have implications for people around us, and how we respond in moments of difficulty and trial will say a lot about our character, and about the God with whom we believe in.
As the band have unveiled themselves, about what they hope to gain from the song, and what they want others to get as well, we see that ‘…it’s just a masterpiece. It’s a timeless message that will inspire people, and a timely message for right now…’ Jay, Gary and Don have crafted a career that I’m sure artists dream of- and this country/spiritual band have impacted a lot of artists than we may even realise- Hunter Hayes and Dan + Shay, to name two that have been influenced by Rascal Flatts and their music. This new song, maybe from an EP, another project (album), or just a single by itself, is nevertheless a song that looks to the past and future, and asks the question of whether we still want to be the people we are right now. Well done Jay, Don and Gary for such a poignant track, here’s hoping people will continue to be impacted by the legacy of the band when they hear this music, as the months and years continue to progress ahead.
RIYL: Lady A, Steven Curtis Chapman, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban